Post by mintedstar/fur on Jul 8, 2021 2:20:09 GMT -5
Since there didn't seem to be another option, Bari happily continued on their way, Ian carried along, toward the sound of water. They looked decidedly pleased with what they could hear and they soon enough were pointing again (though that meant they had to precariously balance Ian) as they continued. Then they seemed to be indicating the fact that the sound was coming from what seemed to be a body of water. The water was moving - a river. Bari bounced on their heels, looking very excited and happy about this particular situation. They did not seem to be the least bit surprised that this was where they'd been going, but then looked to both Kell and Light in an effort to work out whether this was something good or not. The river gurgled along, occasionally growing faster in some places and passing under bridges. Bari looked along it, but had no idea where it was going. Again, they looked at Kell and Light.
Post by ®Hawkpath® on Jul 14, 2021 19:15:12 GMT -5
L didn’t trust Kaladin or Bari (or Ian), but he didn’t think leaving them was the best route. He didn’t know if there was anyone else here. Besides…he thought he’d rather keep a close eye on people, whether he trusted them or not. He didn’t hear whatever it was that Bari heard. Maybe it was something relevant…or maybe it wasn’t. Either way, it was the only lead they had, so he was perfectly willing to follow it. “Yes,” he said simply. He didn’t see the need to elaborate. They weren’t splitting up for the present, and that was all. He hesitated, then followed Bari, trying to keep to the back of the group, behind Kaladin. He didn’t want anyone behind him, nor even someone who probably had selfish reasons for wanting him to stay alive at the moment. He paused at the edge of the river as they arrived, blinking down at the water. That was…not what he’d expected, though he was pleased by it. “Water,” he noted, poking his toe into it. Then he bent down to poked his index finger in instead. He put it very carefully to his tongue. “Fresh,” he announced, pleased.
"Water," Kell agreed, eyes narrowing a little bit at the river. He hadn't heard it until long after Bari had, and it was rather disorienting not knowing whose sense of hearing was "normal." He was half tempted to ask Light, but if he was abnormal, that would put him at a disadvantage. It would meant that Light and Bari could use it against him. Huh. He didn't know why his first thought had been suspicion. He figured there were probably people who would have shared everything they knew in the interest of being transparent, but for Kell... well, that idea was terrifying. He liked having a little bit of himself that he could just keep to himself. He had already given out his name. "Are you really sure you want to be tasting that?" Kell asked Light, crossing his arms. He felt a small pull towards the water, but he avoided it. Maybe he could come back later and see what that was about... right now they needed to find out if there was anyone else here. "Since you could hear the water," Kell said carefully, aware he was revealing his weakness despite having decided not to, "Is there any chance you can hear anyone speaking nearby? I think... all I can hear besides us and the river is the wind."
Post by mintedstar/fur on Jul 27, 2021 0:00:03 GMT -5
People? Bari looked at Kell with a lot of hesitation. What did people sound like? Did they sound like Kell and Light? Or did they sound different. Were they people? There was a highly confused expression on their face for a while. Just looking at Kell before finally returning to Ian. They seemed seemed to be a long moment where they just listened, focusing on the wind and water. Could they hear further than their two companions? They weren't as sure as they had originally thought. It took a long moment for them to finally take out the same sticker book. Then they turned to Kell, apparently sparing Light the option of being a walking display board. It was from there that they ripped up a few of the stickers and pointed toward Kell's arm with a free hand. Then they reached out to place one of the stickers on him. It said, 'Yes.' Or rather, it was a bunch of letters that made out 'y-e-s.' Then Bari pointed off in the direction of a side street, passed several houses. More stickers, 'People over there.'
L looked up, finger still held near his mouth, which was slightly open, as though he were a child caught at something they had been told not to do. He narrowed his eyes at Kell, studying him. For someone as unreadable as he seemed to be, he didn’t seem to have any problem looking irritated. “Humans can die at around three to four days without water, and after even one day, the effects can start to kick in, including weakness, dizziness and thirst, not to mention making lack of food a more serious problem. I don’t know where we are or how we got here, I don’t know when or if we will find food, and I do not trust either of you not to kill me whenever I am forced to sleep, which means I am in constant danger with no current means of escaping it, which means I need to prioritize my safety as long as I can. This is a body of fresh moving water, which is not only very hard to poison intentionally, but is much less likely to carry anything deadly naturally. The chances of this killing me are low, the chances of me dying of dehydration, or of being too weak to defend myself, are much higher. So, yes, I am really sure I want to be tasting this.” He lowered his hands into the water and cupped some, bringing it out and sipping it without looking back at Kell. After he was done, he straightened up, turning his attention to Bari instead. “People…” he muttered. That was…both reassuring and alarming. He glanced between the two of them, even sparing Ian a quick glance. “Well? Should we go towards them?”
Kell hesitated for a long moment before eventually offering his arm up to Bari. He had a feeling that the stickers would come off the fabric of his coat easily enough. He also had the feeling that he would be quite put out if it didn’t. He didn’t have much that belonged to him – his name, his coat, the knife at his hip, and whatever was in the various pockets of the coat. He would spend some time going through those as soon as they found a place to rest and reconnoiter. He would also likely peel the stickers off to make sure they came off, and then he would let Bari use his clean sleeve again, if he needed it. But that was… well, whenever they had time to stop for a break. Kell had no idea when that would be. He had no idea if they were doing something time sensitive or not. It was all… a little bit difficult to follow. “You’re afraid that we’re going to kill you in your sleep, and yet you want to head towards more people?” Kell asked, cocking an eyebrow as he looked at Light. It wasn’t so much that he disagreed as it was that the man’s answer surprised him. He didn’t know what or who to trust, but he had a feeling that a source of water, even freshwater, could easily be contaminated. He didn’t think he would drink any straight unless he’d had the chance to boil it first. “How many people?” he asked after a moment, more on edge than he cared to admit. “I think… we should see who they are before we draw attention to ourselves. If we talk to them, then we’re stuck with them knowing about us. It might… be better to be subtle. In case they’re the ones behind this.”
Post by mintedstar/fur on Aug 8, 2021 0:11:26 GMT -5
The sun was nearing the horizon, casting long shadows already. Bari didn't know what that meant, however. It just seemed like any other point to them. The passage of time wasn't something that they recognized, since there just seemed to be a change of the light. What that meant to this sort of being was anyone's guess. What Bari did know was that they could move toward people. They traveled along the path, past Kel and Light. Because they didn't actually seem to intend to answer Kel. Maybe there wasn't a way to. Or maybe, as the actual situation was, Bari didn't know. They didn't know how many people there were or even what they were looking for. And that annoyed them, to a fine degree, but there wasn't much that they could do about it. So what Bari ended up doing was walking with great purpose in the direction that they needed to and hoped to take the rest of the group along with them. After a long moment, they did seem to stop. Where they stopped though was directly in front of a house door and they set Ian off to the side. Where the chair proceeded to look very menacingly and all around ominous. Bari looked at the door. Then looked around. People. This was where people were.
L couldn’t decide whether he was actually annoyed, or he just thought he was because he was in a very vulnerable situation with no real way of getting out of it. Everything felt a bit annoying to him at the moment. Kell especially. He had reasons for the things he did…he wondered if maybe he was unaccustomed to being questioned. He also had to wonder whether he was a very nice person. The answer to the last question seemed to be no, but it was too early to tell for sure. So he just narrowed his eye at Kell before he replied. “I didn’t say I wanted to,” he pointed out, as patiently as he could. “I said, ‘should we go towards them’. It was a question…I was asking for your opinions. I’m trying to include you two. Something tells me I usually work alone. I can’t imagine why I might have decided that was more efficient.” He was going to say more, but he realizes then that Bari was moving. Moving…in the direction of the people. With seemingly no intention of stopping or waiting for a group decision. Which L could understand, but also complicated things a bit. He pursed his lips for a moment, then started after them, hands in his pockets. He assumed Kell would come, too, since he didn’t seem to want to be alone. There was something to the idea of staying hidden and spying on them, though. L just hoped that Bari had taken that suggestion to heart. He stopped as he caught up to Bari, keeping his distance from the door. “Bari,” he hissed as quietly as he could. “Bari. Don’t knock. We need to talk about what we’re going to do, first.”
Kell wasn’t sure he liked Light very much. Perhaps it was because Light seemed to assume that everyone around him either understood the things he did or didn’t need to understand them. Kell wanted to know what was going on, and that meant understanding where each of his new companions were coming from when they did things. Considering Bari couldn’t exactly communicate that efficiently, that meant he was relying on Light to at least be somewhat transparent about what he was doing and why he was doing it. They needed to be making group decisions. At least Light seemed to understand that. Bari, wandering several feet ahead of them already, most certainly didn’t. Sighing, Kell turned to follow, his coat flaring out dramatically behind him. People. There were people here. Part of Kell was excited by the idea, but the other part of him went straight to suspicion. Was the suspicion part of who he was as a person or was it because he didn’t know where he was, who he was, or how best to deal with the situation? He was trying to keep his temper in control. It wouldn’t do to get upset with the others now, when they were the only two people he was comfortable thinking of as allies. It was true that either of them could be the reason they were stuck in this position, but… Kell had a feeling they were just as lost as he was. It was hard to fake that. “How do you know there are people in there?” Kell asked, making sure to keep his voice low so that they couldn’t be heard by whoever was inside.
Post by mintedstar/fur on Aug 12, 2021 4:33:33 GMT -5
Bari seemed very confused about the whole situation. To them, it seemed like a very appropriate thing to do. They were trying to get the attention of people inside, weren't they? Which they might have done, was it not for the fact that they had no idea what this 'knocking' was that had just been mentioned. Bari stared at the door for a very long while. Then, because they could not see any way to 'knock' (what were they supposed to knock, after all), they instead leaned forward and ... There was the scream of distressed metal, the cracking and straining of wood ... and the door fell off its hinges. Bari looked at the now open portal to the house beyond and then looked back at L and Kell. They seemed to be grinning. Hard to tell, when even describing them was a struggle, but 'grinning' seemed to cover it. As for the other questions ... well, they'd find out soon.
L was becoming more and more tempted to just go off on his own. He didn’t actually dislike either of his new companions. Kell might be irritating him a little, but mostly, he was fine with them. He just didn’t like not knowing who he was at the same time as he was surrounded by others he also didn’t know. He thought he liked Bari, actually. It was just that they were not helping his apparent paranoia. Then Bari kicked in the door and L flinched, stumbling back several steps as he tried to widen the distance between them. If there really were people…they were coming. If L had trusted Kell even a little, maybe he’d have just ducked to the side and hoped no one would see him. But if he did that, Kell would know, and he wasn’t at all confident that he wouldn’t be immediately sold out. The possibility that other people would be allies seemed suddenly very slim. The possibility that either Bari or Kell were allies seemed somewhat better, but still slim. He didn’t plan on being there if they turned out to be enemies. He spared a quick, wide-eyed glance at Kell, and then he turned and ran, swerving to out himself out of sight as quickly as possible.
Kell tensed, entire body going into fight or flight mode as the door was kicked in. If there truly were people in there, they were going to meet them soon. Kell had to admit that he wasn’t sure he was ready. He was fairly confident that neither Bari nor Light were lying about what was going on, but if they had ended up at the home of the people who had done this to them… he shuddered. A flame burned to life in his hand, and he almost leapt back from it before he realized it was his body moving directly into defending himself. Clearly, he had fought for himself enough times that his body knew what to do in dangerous situations. Light seemed to have a very similar reaction, though he opted for the flight part of fight or flight. Kell couldn’t blame him, though he couldn’t shake the feeling that splitting up was one of the worst things they could do. He was about to call for Light to come back, but… they were dealing with the fact of other people in different ways. Bari seemed to have a way of telling where people were, and if they needed to find Light later, they would. For now, Kell wouldn’t draw any more attention to him. That just seemed cruel when he clearly wanted to get away without being noticed.
Post by mintedstar/fur on Sept 1, 2021 23:37:33 GMT -5
There was decided puzzlement from Bari as they turned to watch Light leave. What? Why? They wanted to call out after him, like both him and Kell seemed to be able to do, but he didn't have the ability. Instead, the rather generic looking figure just sadly sagged. They didn't want to split up, but there didn't seem to be any way to change that. Since there wasn't, they turned back to the building and peaked in. Then they glanced at Kell, clearly interested in what he might have to say. Or at least that's what it looked like. But what actually happened was that Bari just continued looking at Kell and started walking into the building. Then they looked down at their own hands, interested in the prospect that Kell seemed to be able to hold fire. Could they? Was that something they could do? But nothing seemed to happen when they looked at their hands. Ah well.
Post by ®Hawkpath® on Sept 20, 2021 4:50:13 GMT -5
Falling asleep seemed like one the the worst things for Kelsier to do, at the moment. He was going to have to, eventually, and he wasn’t sure he felt very comfortable with anyone he had met so far being around him when he did, but that was a problem to be solved later. For now, he needed to make sure no more harm came to Orsino, at least until the kid could recover from the last attack. He wanted to go check on the others too, especially Sam, but for now…he was needed right here. Orsino needed him more. So he was very much awake when the silence was shattered by someone breaking in the door. He sat up suddenly, his hand clenching around his dagger, his eyes scanning for whoever had decided to break in. It was possible whoever it was didn’t know anyone was there, which meant he didn’t call out, but it was also possible that they very much did, and that they were one of the people who had decided to attack coming back to finish what they’d started. He slid to his feet, completely silent, and moved between the entrance and Orsino. If something wanted to pounce, it would have to go through him first.
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